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A live orchestra, playing great music with spark and cohesion and commitment, is such a mind-blowing thing that you understand, sitting the darkness, why people give over their lives to the whole concept, even in the teeth of a doddering economic model and an audience shrinking faster than it can be replenished.
While I was working with the Hartford Symphony last year, I would stand backstage with piano soloist Gary Chapman, who was getting ready for "Rhapsody in the Blue" in the second act. Gary tended to leave his dressing room and pace in the black wings, just feet away from the HSO which was playing An American in Paris. One night, as a giant chord erupted in the air, Gary threw his arms upward, in gratitude and exultation. And I understood. By then, my ears were tuned to hear the heavenly pay-off.
How do you get a generation of reluctant people to go there and hear that? We'll talk about that today.
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